As the San Francisco Giants look to build for the future, it’s time to see what former first round pick Chris Shaw can do at the major league level.
After news of Ryder Jones being called up on Saturday, it seems like the San Francisco Giants are willing to take a look at the future.
In the 2015 MLB Draft the San Francisco Giants selected Chris Shaw with the 30th overall pick out of Boston College.
He was immediately sent to Low-A where he hit .287 in 178 at-bats with 12 home runs.
He started 2016 at High-A. He hit .285 in 270 at-bats with 16 home runs before getting called up to Double-A.
At Richmond he struggled a bit hitting just .246 in 232 at-bats with 5 home runs. Combined, he hit .267 in 2016 with 21 home runs, showing the power potential that the Giants need at the big league level.
Shaw started 2017 back at Double-A where he hit .301 with 6 home runs in 133 at-bats.
After that good start, he was promoted to Triple-A Richmond. Much like when he was first promoted to Double-A, Shaw struggled to adjust to the new level.
However, he’s come on a bit as of late and is now hitting .263 with 3 home runs in 99 at-bats at Sacramento.
Shaw has some versatility playing in the infield and in the outfield throughout his minor league career.
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He’s 23-years-old, so it’s about that time to see what his future will be in the big leagues.
Austin Slater is currently getting his chance to see what he can do in the big leagues at the age of 24.
He started the year in Triple-A and hit .322 with 4 home runs in 174 at-bats before being promoted.
Slater has been just as good in the majors with a .333 average in 66 at-bats with 2 home runs.
Someone would have to move in the outfield for Shaw to get his chance. The most obvious choice would be Denard Span.
Slater has experience in center field, which would open up a spot for Shaw in left.
I think Shaw could provide some more power in the San Francisco Giants lineup, which is much needed.
Normally, the San Francisco Giants would like to let Shaw finish the year at Triple-A to continue his development. But with the way this season is going, I think it’s best to try and let Shaw adjust at the major league level to see if he’s going to be a central piece in this rebuild.